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Literary Festival 2014: The Power of Poetry


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Speaker(s): Bridget Minamore, Chimene Suleyman

Recorded on 28 February 2014 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

Join LSE Students' Union and LSESU Literature Society in hosting Bridget Minamore and Chimene Suleyman, two members of London's leading spoken word poetry collective Point Blank Poets. In an evening of poetry, Bridget and Chimene will be performing their work and inspiring the audience to engage with social issues through the power of words. The audience is warmly invited to participate, as we explore the power of poetry in our complex political and social environment.

Having previously worked with the National Theatre’s New Views programme, Bridget Minamore (@bridgetminamore) has been reading and performing her own spoken word poetry since she came third in the Roundhouse’s annual Summer Slam in 2009. She became an Associate Artist with her poetry collective, Rubix, at the Roundhouse, and they released their debut spoken word album RED on iTunes/Roundhouse Records in 2012. She has since won various slam titles around London including Farrago and Hammer & Tongue, and has been published in anthologies such as Burning Eye Books’ Rhyming Thunder and Tongue Fu’s Liminal Animals. She has also had her work exhibited at a TEDxLondon conference and performed at places ranging from 10 Downing Street to the Southbank Centre and the King’s College Cambridge Women’s Dinner. She was recently shortlisted to be the first Young Poet Laureate for London.

Chimene Suleyman (@chimenesuleyman) is a writer from London. She has represented the UK at the International Biennale, 2011, and runs spoken word night Kid, I Wrote Back. She writes opinion pieces on feminism and collects photos of Canary Wharf. Her poetry collection Outside Looking On will be published by Influx Press, Summer 2014.

Point Blank Poets (@PointBlankPoets) are a collective of the most exciting, emerging spoken word stars in the UK and recent winners of the prestigious UK Young Artists International Award. They focus on creatively responding to important contemporary issues with their fresh and lively live literature. They feel a passion for the power of words, in particular poetry, to add a dimension of empathy to situations. Each member has a successful individual poetry career and by working together hope to use their talents to really make a difference. They have performed all over the UK and beyond, including Germany, Morocco, Poland, France, Ireland, Belgium and the U.S and have collaborated with organisations such as TRAID, Amnesty International, PEN to raise awareness of various issues through poetry and performance.

This event forms part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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